Josh Cochran Creates This Year's ArtPrize Poster
Josh Cochran created the poster for this year's ArtPrize, a radically open, independently organized international art competition and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. "For 19 days, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, become an open playing field where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about what is art and why it matters," reads the contest's website. "Art from around the world pops up in every inch of downtown, and it's all free and open to the public. It's unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike."
Cochran devoted a month on and off (including several rounds of sketches) to the promo, making all textures by hand and compiling them digitally. "I pretty much had free rein, though there were specific colors I was asked to use," he explained. "I decided to do a mix of abstract shapes, integrating them with the clearer portrayals of the people and buildings of Grand Rapids – though, in the end, it was all a bit abstract ... and a joy to work on."